Bond denied for suspect in "Knockout game"
Houston, TX — Bond was denied for a Texas man accused of beating a 79 year-old in a "Knockout game" attack. The 27 year-old suspect was charged with a hate crime, Jace Larson has the story.
Suspect Conrad Barrett headed back to jail following the judge's ruling of no bond. It's what prosecutors wanted.
Ruben Perez, Federal Prosecutor, "I got very passionate in there and argued very strenuously for him to be incarcerated pending trial because I think that we need to protect the public."
Prosecutors say Barrett videotaped himself searching for a black man and then attacking this 79-year-old.
Ruben Perez, Federal Prosecutor, "For about a week he was hunting African-Americans."
Barrett's defense lawyer says his client was off his bipolar medicine at the time of the attack, George Parnham, Defense Attorney, "We make no excuses for what occurred."
In the neighborhood where the victim lives, his friends shared stories of a man who helped raise many of them, Dalwin Haynes, Victim's friend, "He's like the type of person that would shake your hand and you know...want to get to know you."
Pearlie Mae Haynes, victim's friend, "A very good man. A hardworking man."
Legal analyst, Brian Wice, says defending Barrett will be an uphill battle, "His own words are what will serve as the centerpiece of the prosecution's case against him."
Prosecutors chose the hate crime charge because Barrett allegedly said he was going after victims because of their race.
Brian Wice, Legal Analyst, "Federal hate crimes are designed to isolate those offenders who by their words, deeds and conduct have made it clear they have targeted a particular victim solely because of their race, creed or ethnic background."
The prosecutor will now seek an indictment from a grand jury.